Turkey Meatball Farro Salad (video)

If you have never tried Farro – you really should give a chance. It is a great alternative to the old standards of rice and pasta. And trying it out in a Farro Salad is a great way place to start. It is also rather nutritious – packed with protein. While it is not gluten-free – it is actually considered a Super food up with the likes of Quinoa.

Turkey Meatball Farro Salad

I, personally, like farro more than quinoa because it is larger in size – quinoa is too gritty to me. And I love that it can be served cold. This cold salad is perfect for a hot summer day and is so full of bright flavors. The crunch of the cucumber with the zing of the lemon is so yummy. And the meatballs are super simple and super good – you could totally use them for a ton of things like pitas, meatball sandwiches, or even with a nice cream sauce over pasta.

This meal would also be great for a pot luck or to make ahead for lunch meal prepping. It definitely falls into the Healthier Fare Category in the Homemade on a Weeknight World. For this dish, I did use Quick Farro for this dish, which means that they cook much faster. If you use regular Farro, be sure to follow the directions on the package. I do strongly suggest that you use a combination of Chicken Bone Broth and water instead of just water – you get a lot more flavor.

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Turkey Meatball Farro Salad

A delicious cold salad for a hot summer day full of bright flavors
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword dinner, farro salad, Salad, turkey recipes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

For the Meatballs

  • 2 lb Ground Turkey
  • ½ cup Parmesan Cheese shredded
  • 1 Egg beaten
  • 2 Garlic Cloves minced
  • ¼ cup Fresh Dill chopped
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Coarse Black Pepper

For the Salad

  • 2 cups Quick Farro
  • 2 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup Grape Tomatoes halved
  • 1 English Cucumber peeled, seeded, diced
  • ¼ cup Fresh Dill chopped
  • 1 Lemon juice & zest
  • ½ cup Parmesan Cheese shredded, plus extra for garnish

Instructions

  • Prep all of the ingredients. Preheat oven to 400deg.
  • In a large pot over medium-high heat, bring water and broth to a boil.
  • In a larger mixing bowl, combine ingredients for meatballs. Form into 1-inch balls and place on cooking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes then remove from pan to cool.
  • Add Farro to boiling water/broth and prepare as directed on the package. Drain in colander then rinse with cool water to arrest cooking process.
  • In a large bowl, combine cooked & cooled farro, lemon (zest and juice), dill and Parmesan cheese. Then mix in tomatoes, cucumbers.
  • Serve 5-6 meatballs over the top of a portion of the farro salad and garnish with extra Parmesan Cheese.

Notes

If you use regular farro (not quick) you will need to increase the cook time as directed on the package. 

Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

12 thoughts on “Turkey Meatball Farro Salad (video)

  1. Hoorah To Health – New Hampshire, USA – Hi there! I'm Christie. I am a Registered Dietitian and have loved food and cooking, since, well, ...forever! I have a passion for healthy eating and can often be found in the kitchen creating nutritious and delicious recipes.
    Hoorah To Health says:

    I love farro and look forward to trying your recipe! Looks light and delicious!

    1. Estelle Forrest – I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. Cooking is a huge part of my life. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me but to the people I care about.
      Estelle Forrest says:

      We are just learning about Farro but really enjoying it!

  2. This made for such a delicious lunch – love the flavours!

  3. Chef Dennis – Kissimmee, Florida – I’m Chef Dennis, join me on my Culinary Journey as I share recipes and stories from my kitchen and adventures around the world. Let me help you create some deliciousness in your kitchen the easy to make recipes I share.
    Chef Dennis says:

    I am so loving this Turkey Meatball Farro Salad right now! Looks really yummy!

  4. Great recipes for farro and the turkey meatballs! I use ground turkey a lot, and I was just waiting to find a recipe for the farro I’d recently bought from Sprouts. Thanks

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